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Finding Common Ground: The Anatomy of a Public Park (GUIDED TOUR)

9 July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Day Two
8 to 9 July 2022 of a collaborative two-day event convened by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Tate Liverpool.

The Anatomy of a Public Park

Saturday 9 July 2022, 11am – 2pm

Birkenhead Park, Liverpool

Join us for a communal picnic and walking tour of Birkenhead Park, which was one of the first publicly funded parks in the world. Led by historian Ruth Colton, it celebrates the radical nature of public parks as shared social spaces, whose creation was part of a national campaign to access natural, green space in urban settings. The tour explores how the landscaping and architecture of Birkenhead Park relates to empire and colonialism, and how its intended uses have been subverted by the public throughout its history to the present day.

11am to 12pm, introductory talk; bring your own picnic brunch

12pm to 2pm, guided tour led by Ruth Colton

Meet at the Grand Entrance, at the corner of Park Road North and Park Road East.


Symposium – 08 July

Tate Liverpool Symposium Tickets – £10 available via the Tate website

Online Access Symposium Tickets – Free and available via Eventbrite

Guided Walk – 09 July

Birkenhead Park Access Tickets – Free and available via this Eventbrite page


Birkenhead Park
Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 4HY
Birkenhead, CH41 4HY GB
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